Book review: The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

Posted by Saraline , Wednesday, September 3, 2008 9:57 AM

This was one of my favourite books when I was a child. It was written by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko.

Princess Elizabeth is engaged to Prince Ronald. When a dragon comes and destroys the castle and kidnaps Prince Ronald, Elizabeth sets off on a journey to rescue him.

She finds the dragon and outsmarts him and then goes into his lair to get Prince Ronald, who berates her for her shabby appearance. Elizabeth decides that it is not worth it to rescue her prince after all and dances off into the sun set.

In a culture where a lot of traditional children's stories put women and girls into a passive role, this is a fresh twist on the "princess in distress" story. Princess Elizabeth is a determined girl who cares more about her dignity than her clothes or her selfish and snobby fiance.

If you are going to a little girl's birthday party, this book will be a better gift than a "bratz" doll.

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